IBM’s Research Cautions Mobile Dating App Users
We are too much interested in making others interested in ourselves, this is true. And mobile dating apps are among the major platforms where people ransack their selves in order to find perfect buddies for them. However, here is a bad news or rather a caution for all those mobile dating app users: majority of such apps put your privacy in danger, finds a research done by IBM.
This piece which will serve you as an advice as well as an information is significantly due because of the cruciality of the time. There are only two days left before Valentine’s. This is the event when most of you might be thinking to explore the world of love and relationships. But such an exploration on dating apps means a lot of boldness and nakedness. So here is what IBM security expert Caleb Barlow is advising: “Don’t” do such an act, this isn’t safe.
Although, the dating apps notify their users, with sufficient conviction, that their data is absolutely safe. But the results of IBM’s study are sufficiently opposite to their claims. In this study IBM scrutinized some 41 top dating apps. Alarmingly, 60% of the apps are vulnerable to hacking. Which means that when you doff your shirts and send pictures to your “sweetie,” they are hack-able and see-able if a hacker succeeds in his evil attempts.
“These are poor coding practices in the apps that make it very easy for an attacker to steal your private and sensitive information,” Barlow says.
Don’t forget what he meant by saying is that a hacker can access all those sexy pictures which you send around with so confidence.
The study revealed a fearful fact for the businesses too. According to the study, employees of almost 50% companies use the dating apps which were found vulnerable. This makes the corporate data endangered too.
So you see the threat is terribly huge and can’t be neglected. If you still have an inevitable drive to use dating apps, read the following recommendations by Barlow as they will make your defense strong against the possible attack by the hacker.
–Be mysterious: By becoming mysterious, he means, you should not open up as if this was an obligation. Keep sensitive things for later lively interactions!
–Turn off GPS: A common user seldom needs this feature – in fact, only for location purposes. So when you don’t need it, it’s better to turn it off.
–Fake your info: I don’t recommend this; instead try to limit the discussions on issues relevant to you and your ‘sweetie.’ You have nothing to do with family histories.
–Don’t use public Wi-Fi: Third parties can monitor and share your data. Using ‘public’ resources for ‘private matters’ is not a choice of a wise person.
Share the information with your friends. Stay safe while using dating apps.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.